Author: Sheen Watkins

Photographing Macro Moments: 5 Tips

Magical macro moments exist all around us. It’s only a matter of seeing them–noticing these tiny details that often go unseen, and then capturing them with your camera. These five macro photography techniques will help you interpret the close up world that catches your eye.

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How to Photograph in Mist & Fog

Just as sunrises and sunsets are quickly fleeting, mist and fog can hover like a blanket and then disappear within minutes. Mist may be isolated in pockets, light and filmy or in dense layers. Images with fog and mist bring a moody element. Melancholy, haunting, mysterious or romantic – consider your favorite movie or poem that references fog as an element in pivotal scenes.

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Photographing Piers & Boardwalks

Piers and boardwalks in photography illicit positive memories as many greetings occurred as ships and boats returned from their time on the water. They also represent a sense of melancholy as we’ve waved farewells while watching our loved ones fade into the sunset from that same spot.

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Protecting Your Work and Your Camera Gear The Right Way

Our photography work is more than just a photo. It’s our work, our vision, our end result and our personal investment of time and money. We spend a lot of money on our cameras, lenses, accessories, computers and post processing technology. When we start totaling up the dollars to replace the replaceable (i.e. a broken lens, camera, etc), it can put a serious hit on the pocketbook.

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How to Control What’s “In Focus” with Focus Stacking

When working with landscapes, focus stacking is a powerful approach in creating sharp images from foreground to the background. Focus stacking is a technique used to increase how much detail appears in focus in an image. The two key steps in the process include 1) Taking multiple photos of the same scene, but with each snap of the shutter you are using a different focus point and 2) Combining or merging the images into one using Photoshop that pulls in all of the areas in focus.

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Picture-Perfect Planning: The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Winter, spring, summer and fall – it really doesn’t matter. Outdoor and nature photographers constantly chase the light. It may be the blue hour, the golden hour, starry-starry evenings and moonlit nights. Arriving at a location with ample time to plan composition, think creatively and have different vantage points makes a difference in our productivity during the shoot.

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Introduction to Exposure Bracketing & Tips for Terrific Photos

Exposure bracketing is taking multiple exposures of the same subject, including some that are underexposed and some that are overexposed. Exposure bracketing improves our ability to maximize optimum exposure and offers additional post processing creativity. We’ll review key considerations in exposure bracketing including 1) How it works, 2) How to set up your camera, 3) Photography tips and tools, and 4) Post processing.

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Why Shoot in Aperture Priority Mode?

Aperture Priority mode is a go-to for many photographers. The reasons? Creative control, artistry, control over light management are just a few of the inherent benefits. Our cameras, depending on the make and model, have multiple shooting modes. The three primary modes that are referred to mostly are Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual.

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